I B Tauris has signed two books on the Tudor court in the age of Anne Boleyn from historian Lauren Mackay, whom the publisher calls a "rising star".
World rights to both books were acquired direct from the author.
Thunder through the Realms: Foreign Power and Intrigue in the Tudor Court weaves the narrative of five 16th century kingdoms together, making use of the dispatches of foreign ambassadors to provide a broader analysis of the dominant players on the continent and further afield. Mackay also reveals the little-known roles played by women in diplomacy – Anne Boleyn in England, and Roxelana in the Ottoman Empire.
Among The Wolves of Court: Thomas and George Boleyn introduces Anne Boleyn’s father and brother, often underplayed figures at Henry’s court, lifting the lid on their rise as highly skilled ambassadors and courtiers who negotiated their way through the "complex and ruthless" game of politics.
Joanna Godfrey, senior editor at I B Tauris, said: "We are very excited to have acquired these new books from a rising star in Tudor history which provide fascinating new dimensions on a story which is enduringly popular. They show just how ruthless and dramatic the intrigues of the Tudor Court were but strikingly emphasise the role played by women on the frontlines of diplomacy."
Mackay said: "I have been researching Thomas and George Boleyn for over a decade, and I have been increasingly drawn to foreign politics and the interconnectedness of these extraordinary empires of the 16th century. I am thrilled to be working with I.B.Tauris to bring these lesser known stories to life."
Mackay is the author of Inside the Tudor Court: Henry VIII and his Wives through the Eyes of the Spanish Ambassador (Amberley, 2014).
Thunder through the Realms: Foreign Power and Intrigue will be published in hardback in spring 2018 and Among The Wolves of Court: Thomas and George Boleyn will follow a year later.